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Your Local Team Chase Course Description

Every course is different and while the Team Chasing rules (click here) outline the maximum heights for Novice, Intermediate and Open, level of difficulty can be affected by terrain, course layout and the nature of the fences.

Warwickshire, Watergall Farm, Southam:
Mainly level farmland
Novice: hedges and rails (including a few portables) and a 'trot in' water splash which is sometimes dry. Generously-sized pen towards the end of the course.
Intermediate – up to height, good hedges, may include a hilly section. Pen, water splash.
This course has been altered for 2019 so we will update this report later in the year.
Last run 2017, official photographs:

Belvoir, Garthorpe, near Melton Mowbray:
Built within the point to point course at Garthorpe around a natural amphitheatre so fairly hilly
Use different class descriptions ie:
Fun: (small novice height) Hedges and rails, ditch towards the end, also 'trot in' water splash.
Novice: (larger novice height) Some bigger hedges. Ditch and water splash.
Intermediate: (one of the larger ones; good prep for opens) Good hedges, plenty of twists and turns including 'bow tie' feature fence, ditches and water splash. Makes use of the terrain, need to be fairly fit.
Official photographs:

Atherstone, Bedworth, near Coventry:
Very level course on old turf
Novice: hedges and rails, open ditch, very inviting, good first-timer choice
Intermediate: hedges (including ditches in front), rails, some reasonable drops, open ditch.
Some twists and turns
Open: Looks challenging and is, but jumps well. Big solid hedges, ditches in front, open ditch, good drops, plenty of twists and turns.
Last run 2017, official photographs: ColbeckPhotography

Meynell, Alkmonton, Derbyshire:
Uses natural undulations on old turf.
Novice: Inviting with plenty of variety, hedges, several ditches, a few island fences, "trot in' water splash, semi-circular pen. Not too big.
Intermediate: up to height, good hedges, some challenging fences including ditches and water splash; pen
Open: Challenging, up to height, good hedges and drops, several ditches and water; pen, hilly section.
Last run 2017, official photographs:

Berkeley, Hystfield, Gloucestershire:
Undulating, old turf
Novice: Inviting, variety of fences including hedges and timber, generously sized pen.
Intermediate: Up to height, plenty of hedges and some drops, pen.
Open: Challenging, good hedges, plenty of drops, feature hedge with large ditch in front. Several hilly sections so needs a fit horse. A few twists and turns but also long galloping sections.
Offical photographs:

Pytchley, Winwick, Northants:
Undulating, old turf
Novice: Good hedges and rails including drops, one of the bigger ones so a good prep for intermediate, but always jumps well. Uphill finish
Intermediate: Again, good hedges and rails, twisty sections. Uphill finish
Open: Feature drop hedge and several other drops, twisty sections, feature drop palisade. Not huge but needs intelligent riding. Steep uphill finish, needs a fit horse.
Official photographs:

Grafton, Sulgrave, Northamptonshire:
Undulating, old turf
Novice: Very inviting, rails and a few hedges, mainly level course, good first time option as not especially big.
Intermediate: Some good hedges, rails, one hilly section, twists and turns in early part.
Open: Lots of good hedges, some timber, quite hilly, feature angled drop, early twists and turns. Good first open.
Last held 2017, official photographs:

Cotswold, Andoversford, Gloucestershire:
Lush parkland turf, undulating
Novice: Very inviting, lots of variety, hedges, stone walls, water splash, wooded sections. Hilly so need some steering/brakes! Uphill finish.
Intermediate: Again lots of variety, some twists and turns, drops, 'shooting butt', wooded section, drop over water and trakehner. Uphill finish, quite long so need fit horse.
Open: All the variety you could wish for including new feature Irish bank (with alternative), drops (one over water), dressing fence, ditches, some solid timber, uphill finish. Not the biggest so good first open. Uphill finish, need a fit horse.

Essex and Suffolk, Semer, Suffolk:
Parkland, undulating
Novice: On mainly level ground, very inviting, hedges, some timber, water crossing.
Intermediate: Challenging; several road crossings, hilly section, hedges and timber. Water crossing.
Open: Varied and challenging. Several road crossings including good drop hedge, several combination fences with banks/steps, feature 'rider frightener' hedge with ditch in front, woodland sections. Water crossing. Final road crossing hedges less demanding than in the past.

Mainly flat, well drained farmland. New event in 2019 so course still evolving
Novice: timber, stone walls and a few hedges, feature drop wall. Twists and turns, steps.
Intermediate: timber, stone walls and a few hedges including one feature hedge, feature drop wall. Demanding enough for open warm up.
Official photographs:

Farmers Bloodhounds, Towcester, Northants:
Undulating farmland. New event in 2019 so course still evolving.
Novice: inviting, timber and hedges, some island fences, rail into water (last fence). Quite small so good for first timers
Intermediate: Some good hedges, a couple with drops, timber, rail into water.
Official photographs:

Fernie, Tur Langton, Leices:
Undulating farmland
Novice: Hedges, some timber, one of the bigger novices but jumps well. Generous pen with hedge to jump out. Rail before 'trot-in' water. Twists and turns and downhill accuracy question.
Intermediate: Good hedges, some with drops, some solid timber, more challenging pen, rail and log into water. Twists and turns and downhill accuracy question, tighter pen. Hill to second half so needs a fit horse.
National Championship: Good hedges with drops and some ditches in front, solid timber, accuracy questions and the odd 'rider frightener', twists and turns, rail and log into water, tight turn in pen. Hill to second half and longish course so needs a fit horse as would be expected for a championship.
Official photographs:

Worcestershire, Bromgrove, Worcs:
Gently undulating farmland, relatively new course and continually being updated and improved.
Novice: Inviting with twisty early section, timber and hedges (mainly on second half), 'trot-in' water, generous pen through woods.
Intermediate: Twisty early section with quarry, good hedges with lots of turning later on, 'trot-in' water, solid timber, pen.
Open: Challenging, good hedges with ditches in front and behind, 'rider frighteners' including ski jump, twists and turns, new water splash needs accuracy, pen.
Official photographs:

Avon Vale, Bromham, Wiltshire:
Pastureland, steep in parts.
Novice: Inviting, hedges and timber, 'trot-in' water splash, hedge pen.
Intermediate: A mix of small and larger fences, hedges and timber, water splash, hedge pen.
Open: Challenging, some good hedges including ditches in front, large hedge pen, step ups and drops, accuracy questions, water splash.
Official photographs:

Bicester with Whaddon Chase, Newton Morrell, Oxon:
Level pastureland
Novice: Very inviting, timber and some hedges, two water crossings and small rail before water, optional bigger hedge to finish. Ideal for first timers.
Intermediate: Maturing, solid hedges which jump well, twists and turns, water crossings and drop rail into water. Some timber.
Open: Challenging, mainly good hedges, twists and turns, accuracy questions, three water crossings and drop rail into water.
Official photographs:


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